Spicy Pork Stir Fry

Spicy Pork Stir Fry | Domesticated Academic

Stir fry is a quick and easy weeknight meal when you need to have some chow on the table pronto! You’ll love this because you can use various cuts of meat (or go meatless and stir fry veggies) because the star is the hot and spicy sauce! If you don’t like the spice, cut back on the chili paste and sriracha. If you like them, add more! I love hot and spicy food, so I’m usually ‘all in’ you could say.

Spicy Pork Stir Fry | Domesticated Academic

I put this together after taking a two pound piece of pork roast out of the freezer. I prepped half of it for the oven to roast using my Mema’s recipe because it’s so good! As someone who lives alone, two pounds would have been too much of ‘the same thing’ would cause me to not eat it, so I took the other half…..and stared at it…..and then I opened my fridge and stared inside of it…..and realized I needed some spice. I’d been seeing all of these homemade orange chicken recipes on Pinterest but orange chicken isn’t my favorite, I prefer to just skip to the spice. The cornstarch and flour mixture gave the pork a nice coating on it without deep frying it. I pat myself on the back and picked up my chopsticks!Spicy Pork Stir Fry | Domesticated Academic

You’ll need:

20-30 min.

Serves 4

  • 1-2 lbs. pork (loin, chop, sirloin) cut into bit sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (i use low sodium)
  • 2 teaspoons chili paste
  • 1-2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons duck sauce
  • vegetables of choice
  • rice
  1. Mix flour, cornstarch, and garlic powder together and toss cut pork to coat all the pieces. You can do this on a plate, in a bowl, or in a plastic bag.
  2. Heat a pan on medium high heat. Add enough oil to stir fry the pork, onion, and garlic.
  3. Fry the three ingredients together until the pork is cooked through, 5-10 minutes, depending on how big the pork pieces are.
  4. Combine the brown sugar, soy sauce, chili paste, duck sauce, and sriracha together in a small bowl and pour over the cooked pork.
  5. Toss to coat and add in vegetables at the very end to heat through.
  6. Serve with vegetables over rice.

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Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

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Soft, moist, light, and airy cinnamon rolls with the help of my friend: the bread machine! I could not believe how easy these were and I invested a solid MINUTE of kneading instead of my old guard of 10-20 minutes. The bread machine makes it easy as….pie? No, cinnamon rolls…

These were made for a family get together and my family loves sweets! No shortage of baking in my kitchen: these, cookies, brownies, etc…. I saved a few for myself and made some amazing frosting and enjoyed them before my family got ahold of the ones that were left. Vultures I say…..the winter that won’t end calls for a batch of cinnamon rolls from your bread machine.

Here’s how it goes down:

  1. Follow the directions on your bread machine for basic dough or even better: if it has a cinnamon roll recipe. Put all the ingredients in the machine and use the dough setting.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for ONE MINUTE. ~yes, you can knead for one minute.. 🙂
  3. Let it rest for 15 minutes.
  4. Return to your dough and roll into a large rectangle (mine makes 12 really large rolls).


  • 1 stick of butter

mix in a small bowl:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons (more if you like it) cinnamon
  1. Spread the melted butter all over the dough and keep 1/2 inch along the outside (less oozing later).
  2. Use a pastry brush to spread around
  3. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar around evenly.
  4. Fold tight into a log.
  5. Use floss or a sharp knife to cut 12-16 rolls, depending on size.
  6. Spray a 9×13 pan with non-stick spray and thank me later.
  7. Lay in a 9×13 pan with plenty of space between them to rise.
  8. Cover lightly with a towel and leave in a warm spot (running dryer) for 30-45 min.
  9. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.
  10. Remove when slightly golden.
  11. Don’t over bake–they’ll burn on the bottoms.

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Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub

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Spring is coming. Time to slough off the dead stuff, reveal those legs (what I like to call “tree trunks that keep me upright”) and attack w a razor. I’ll also add that the pictures don’t do it justice and unfortunately, there’s not much I can do for you here. I don’t have fancy jars and didn’t have the time to make a fancy label to shove the container back in my bathroom cupboard until next time. You get it. It works great. Go make some. It’s super cheap to make compared to that stuff you buy at the body shop that’s $20+ for a tiny tub.

Brown Sugar Body Scrub | Domesticated Academic

I mean….no, I can’t even make a joke. I went to FL in January, and exposed my skin, I think it tried to crawl back inside itself. This winter was brutally cold and my skin is starving. While I will admit, my ‘asian-ness’ helps me NOT grow large amounts of hair, I do have some delightful patches of eczema that force me to take good care of my dermal layer and give me some awesome skin allergies that are usually amazing and require steroids.

That being said, I already make my own lotion and jammed out batches for myself and for gifts this winter. As luck would have it, I’m allergic to almost anything w fragrance, including cleaners and detergents. So, I also make my own shower cleaners, etc… b/c I’m extra needy like that. Not sure if it’s the contact w the hot water and chemicals that triggers it, but whatever it is, I usually make a big batch every other month and it lasts for a while. I keep coconut oil around for regular use. I make the lotion, I put it in my hair once every couple of weeks, leave it in for an hour and then wash (twice) for the shiniest, softest locks of your life. It’s always in my house.

So, back to exposing my naked, white, dry skin….(how am I doing painting a super sexy picture here?)

It needed the following things:

  • exfoliation
  • shaving
  • tanning
  • tanning
  • basically, the sun of some sort, not skin cancer sun, but a little pigment outside of ‘ghost white’

My friend had mentioned she dabbled in making some homemade scrub but the coconut oil was too hot and it melted the brown sugar.

Don’t be my friend 😛

I did what any respecting human did and I took to the Internetssssss. They know all the things!!!

You’ll need:

  • 2 parts brown sugar


  • 1 part softened (not melted) coconut oil–you can soften in a dish in the microwave for about 20 seconds

For example:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  1. Mix them together until crumbly (see pic)
  2. Use in delightful shower to slough off the 6 months of winter.

BE WARNED: this will make your tub floor slippery–it’s OIL

Don’t break a hip

Wash the tub floor b/c no handicap handle is going to save you.

Let everyone touch your legs (or where ever you exfoliate) but don’t come crying to me when you have to slap someone in the face b/c they loved it too.

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